The 4th Floor is still buzzing today after hosting a public talk with Google's Head of Community Affairs, Matt Dunne (@mattdunneVT) this morning. Matt was joined on stage by the Executive Director of LaunchTN, Charlie Brock (@cebrock) for a conversation about the future of connected communities and gigabit economies.
No surprise this conversation took place in Chattanooga, AKA GigCity, and inside our innovation space on the 4th Floor. Dunn mentioned over and over his positive impressions of the innovation ecosystem in this city, which the library is now a part of, and the proven path of public-private partnerships as a means to get things done.
The event itself was a partnership between Chattanooga's newly revamped Enterprise Center, the Chamber of Commerce and the Chattanooga Technology Council.
Dunne spent a few minutes also talking about the famous Google culture and it was great to hear him speak about a concept we embrace daily on the 4th Floor, though we are out on a ledge with it as far as libraries go. Dunne emphasized the need to stay loose with plans otherwise innovation within an organization can be quickly stunted if not killed outright. We've gotten pretty comfortable with this credo on the 4th Floor but it was great to hear it again straight from Google right inside our space.
The two leaders had fun trading jokes about Chattanooga's obvious multi-year lead ahead of Google's own onramp into fiber and community broadband. Dunne went as far as to say that not only did Chattanooga change the country's idea of where innovation can happen, but Tennessee is potentially on track to be the nation's first true gigabit state, as Google works to bring fiber to nearby Nashville (and Atlanta).
Gigcity's new gig-a-bit neighbors will certainly make our next generation network more exciting and useful, while keeping the edge on our momentum more challenging.
This is a really good thing.
(check the links below to read how Chattanooga is working hard to stay ahead of this curve)